The riots at Muslims-owned Sun-Café on July-1 were basically triggered by the rape case now pending as the Sexual-Assault-Case Pa/293-2014 (Crime Act of Rape – 376) charged by Pyinmanar Police against two Mandalay Muslim brothers San Maung and Ne Win also widely known as the Muslim-Mafia in Mandalay.
Last night (July-1) there were rumors spreading like wildfire all over the town of 969-Monks’ pan to shut down and destroy two Muslim brothers’ Sun-Café. But Ma-Ba-Tha (969) monks later publicly denied the accusations.
So the concerned Mandalay-Divisional-Police posted several Security-Police details at the area since about 4 pm yesterday. At about 6 pm both Muslim and Buddhist crowds began to appear in large numbers at the area around Sun-Café and as a precautionary measure Security-Police shut down all the shops in the area.
At about 7 pm the crowds became really large and the Divisional-Chief-of-Police arrived at the scene together with several reserve companies of divisional Security-Police. They then blocked the roads in and out of the area at the intersection of 28th Street and 82nd Street and cut the electricity supply.
At about 8 pm the Fourth-Security-Police-Battalion from Shwe-zar-yan the Fourteenth-Security-Police-Battalion from Paleik were brought in to reinforce the hundreds and hundreds of Security-Police already in the area as the crowds became larger and rowdier. The more than 1,000 Security-Police then quelled the crowd initially.
But at about midnight both Muslim and Buddhist crowds reappeared at the scene this time armed with swords and spears and other weapons. So Security-Police established a separation-barrier line between two warring crowds.
By 1 am of July-2 nearly every policemen in Mandalay was at the scene and also the Sixteenth-Security-Police-Battalion from Sagaing was brought in as reinforcement. Once two opposing crowds began attacking each other police fired more than 20 rounds into air as warning shots.
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